Wednesday August 27th, 2014 14:59

Tuesday 2 September 2014 in London

Katherine Araniello

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap’n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of ‘Lost Treasures’, by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don’t get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre’s Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who’ll share his show ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara’s wry portrait of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a “theatrical piece that plays on life’s crutches” by Claire Cunningham, and ‘The Dinner Party Revisited’, which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, ‘Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?’ features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the ‘popular gaze’ is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 14:53

Tuesday 26 August 2014 in London

Kate Bush

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Luke McGregor – I Worry That I Worry Too Much | Soho Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Following his ‘facing fears’-themed show circa last year, and still bearing the shine of positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, buoyant Australian comic Luke McGregor is back with another anxious routine in the highly-strung ‘I Worry That I Worry Too Much’. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Bush Photo Exhibition | Snap Galleries | 26 Aug – 2 Oct
So no one got tickets to any of Kate Bush’s extravagantly-priced headline shows at the Eventim Apollo (which start tonight, BTW). That is a given. To those that didn’t, mind, here is a consolation prize for you all in the form of a photo show featuring KB-specific pics by Guido Harari (who helped define the ‘aesthetic’ of KB’s early releases, even styling her ‘look’ on the ‘Wuthering Heights’ single sleeve) and Gered Mankowitz (who did the ‘Hounds Of Love’ cover and promotional shots for 1989′s ‘The Sensual World’). Both have books coming out to chime with Bush’s big renaissance, and this is a way to show off lots of candid and rarely-displayed images of Kate at the time she’s most topical. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Avenue Q | New Wimbledon Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Inventive theatre crew Sell A Door – interviewed on ThisWeek here - nip quickly in to the New Wimbledon with their very excellent mobile interpretation of the highly funny n furry ‘Avenue Q’. An oft-poignant (if mainly silly) portrait of a cast of characters striving to ‘make it’ in a cold world, the ‘Sesame Street’-inspired musical satire featuring songs like ‘I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today’, ‘If You Were Gay’ and, my especial fave, ‘What Do You Do With A BA In English?’. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 15th, 2014 15:05

Friday 22 August 2014 in London

Forget Amnesia

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Forget Amnesia w/ Haroon Mirza + Mark Fell + Okkyung Lee | Serpentine Pavillion | 22 Aug (pictured)
Audiovisual artists Haroon Mirza, Mark Fell and Okkyung Lee collaborate on this live Park Nights display of light-sound symbiosis, co-programmed by the Fiorucci Art Trust to coincide with Forget Amnesia, the festival and arts-travaganza taking place on the island of Stromboli. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The 99 Club w/ Joe Lycett + Matt Green + Bob Mills | Storm, Leicester Square | 22 Aug
An active presence on every TV panel game ever, chatty comic Joe Lycett tonight appears ‘IRL’ beside Matt Green and TV writer and funny guy Bob Mills. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Some Girl I Used To Know | Arts Theatre | 22 Aug – 13 Sep
Smiley smiley Denise off of ‘The Big Breakfast’ gives a little showbiz zhoosh to many pop hits of the 1980s and 1990s in this, her nostalgia-rich new solo musical. She plays a high-flying career girl who gets poked (on Facebook) by her ex-boyfriend, and so is sent on a sentimental trip of reminiscence. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 6th, 2014 14:07

Wednesday 13 August 2014 in London

The Hired Man

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Liana Psarologaki – Cryptopology | The Crypt Gallery | 13-26 Aug
Artist Psarologaki transforms the tombs of St Pancras Church into an ‘omni sensorial’ space, a free-entry maze of light, scent, temp and airflow-based stimuli designed to cause “un-patterned” reactions in visitors. Details here.

MUSIC: Slint | Electric Brixton | 13 Aug
The Slint Show is coming to town, which is to say that unsmiling post-rock unit Slint, advertising the recent(ish) re-release of their 1990 anti-classic ‘Spiderland’ LP, are playing the Brixton Electric tonight. Cool. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hired Man | St James Theatre | 13-16 Aug (pictured)
A gritty musical based on a 1969 novel of the same name by TV fave Melvin Bragg (the first in his ‘Cumbrian Trilogy’), Howard Goodall’s Ivor Novello-winning portrait of a young husband and wife’s working life in 1900s Cumbria brings alive a cavalcade of British history; from ale-drinking, to whippet-racing, to coping with the looming shadow of The Great War. Having premiered in 1984, it is this year, timing with the WW1 Centenary, revived by the National Youth Music Theatre. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 1st, 2014 18:45

Friday 8 August 2014 in London

The Closure Of Craig Solly

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Bill Bailey Unplugged | Leicester Square Theatre | 8-16 Aug
The one, the only Bill Bailey gives a reminder of his weird excellence with this no-frills ‘work-in-progress’ show in which no bells, nor whistles, nor owls feature even lightly. Details and tickets here.

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY: Stanley Kubrick – New Perspectives | WORK Gallery | 8 Aug – 27 Sep
Marking the publication of a book of essays of the same name, the free-entry ‘New Perspectives’ exhibit centres on filmmaking icon Stanley Kubrick’s eye-popping cinematic style, especially highlighting the research and incredible attention to detail involved in creating the iconic ‘filmic spaces’ in ‘The Shining’, ‘Full Metal Jacket’, and ’2001: A Space Odyssey’. Details here.

THEATRE: Russell Kane – The Closure Of Craig Solly | Artsdepot | 8 Aug (pictured)
Usually sharp and silly comic Russell Kane comes over all dark in this pitch black one-man show, voicing violent gangland convict Craig Solly in a so-called ‘Closure Session’ designed to provide solace for the bereaved, with the audience acting as friends and family of Solly’s victims. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 31st, 2014 17:43

Thursday 7 August 2014 in London

Erland & The Carnival

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Thom Tween Show | Phoenix Artist Club | 7-10 Aug
 “No God, no morals, no free will, no fucking point”. Comedian Thom Tween, which likely isn’t his real name, sires a variety of “dark and fluffy” live stand-up as a mere part of this year’s Camden Fringe fest. Details and tickets here

MUSIC: Erland And The Carnival | Servant Jazz Quarters | 7 Aug (pictured)
Raised on the Orkney Islands and now based in the big city, roving folk nomad Erland Cooper presents his and collaborator Simon Tong’s (Gorillaz/The Verve) latest LP, ‘Closing Time’ at the Servant Jazz Quarters. “’Closing Time’ doesn’t mark the beginning of the end; rather it marks an end to permit a new beginning”, he explains. “When Summer dies it’s to let winter in, then spring opens it up again; it has to happen. It’s enjoyable when you accept that you have a limited time to make things happen to the best of your ability”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Memory Points | Southbank Centre | 7-18 Aug
One of those ‘promenade’ drama works, Platform 4′s ‘Memory Points’ has its audience sporting headphones and costumes, and taking a walking tour of various mini sculptures designed to prompt reminiscence. The show is created with the guidance of the Alzheimer’s Society, and features a score by SB Centre Artist In Residence Pete Flood, of Bellowhead fame. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:20

Wednesday 16 July 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Malevich | Tate Modern | 16 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
The Tate Modern pays its respects to radical Russian painter Kazimir Malevich, who changed the game in the late 1800s/early 1900s with his stark experiments in the ‘suprematist’ style. Bringing in his early landscape canvases, the show follows Malevich’s leap into abstract depictions of war, power and revolution. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jack Dee’s Helpdesk | Soho Theatre Downstairs | 16-18 Jul
In a dilemma and need it fixed? Ahead of a short run at next month’s Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Lead Balloon’ grinch Jack D is back on the SOS helpline at the Soho Theatre, and in a rare fit of kindliness will be dishing 100% sincere (and in no way disdainful) career, relationship and general life-advice to anyone asking for it. And when I say ‘asking for it’, I mean exactly that. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Holes | Arcola Theatre | 16 Jul – 9 Aug
An award-winning TV writer for ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘Cowards’, Tom Basden scripts this quick-sharp comic play about a group of four survivors of a plane crash, stranded and waiting to be saved. Amongst the cast are ‘The Wrong Mans’ actor Mathew Baynton and BAFTA-winner Daniel Rigby. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:10

Sunday 13 July 2014 in London

Virginia Woolf

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART/PHOTOGRAPHY: Virginia Woolf – Art, Life & Vision | National Portrait Gallery | 10 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
Still a real lark (and a plunge!) following its launch last Thursday, this thorough showing-off of portraiture and rare artefacts from late author Virginia Woolf’s early, mid and latter life is curated by art historian Frances Spalding. Amongst the highlights are paintings of Woolf by her sister Vanessa Bell and various other Bloomsbury Group contemporaries, photos taken by Man Ray, candid family images, and a sheaf of letters, diaries and manuscripts. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: An Audience With Pieter Dirk Uys | Soho Theatre | 13 Jul
Paying spectators dictate the state of play at South African satirist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Sunday Soho show, choosing one of fifteen boxes Uys has on stage, each containing different set of stories and characters from SA’s dark political history. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Confession Room | St James’ Theatre | 13 Jul
A funny Brit supermusical starring ‘Les Miserables’ player Jon Robyns, ‘The Confession Room’ closely follows a group of guys and girls playing a game of ‘truth or truth’, and spilling their most embarrassing secrets. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 3rd, 2014 14:32

Thursday 10 July 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: Martin Firrell – It Ends Here | The Vaults | 1- 12 Jul (pictured)
Much-lauded public artist Martin Firrell digs into ‘Planet Of The Apes’s “particular corner of pop culture” to make ‘It Ends Here’, a maze of pitch-black underground spaces rumbling with ‘found sound’ and towered over by giant words, each meant to provoke thought on war, peace and the human condition. Entry is free, and visitors are given torches to find and map the meaning of the hidden texts. Details here.

MUSIC: Austra + Blue Hawaii | Oval Space | 10 Jul
Estrella Galicia is pleased to present clean Canadian vibes via silky synthpop band Austra and, flying in from Montreal, ethereal ‘Try To Be’ hitmakers Blue Hawaii. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: In Lambeth | Southwark Playhouse | 10 Jul – 2 Aug
Jack Shepherd’s slightly surreal ‘In Lambeth’, a mix of myth and history which imagines a meeting between Enlightened activist Thomas Paine and William Blake and his wife Catherine, is set against the tense tableau of the French and American revolutions of the late 1700s, the play has Paine fleeing to the Blakes, who for a time lived on Hercules Road in Lambeth, only to find them naked, sitting in a tree reading ‘Paradise Lost’, and speaking with angels. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday June 29th, 2014 10:22

Sunday 6 July 2014 in London

Descent Funnies

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: London Illustration Fair Summer Festival | Hoxton Arches | – 6 Jul
Flying a Tropicana theme this year, with all the timely Brazilian vibes that entails, the London Illustration Fair’s summertime art gala showcases the best in print, design and ‘illo’ from a range of agencies, collectives and independent creatives. Alongside all the exhibitor stands, there’ll be live mural painting and screen printing, a ‘Print Your Own Ice-Cream Monster’ workshop with Hello Print Studio, and Brazilian BBQ. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Descent Funnies w/ Tamar Broadbent + WitTank | Southwark Playhouse | 6 Jul (pictured)
Our favourite Friday night diner, MC-with-the-most Tom Rosenthal, dishes a dollop of Edinburgh-Fringe-first-glimpse goodness, presenting five previews from Tamar Broadbent, Ian Smith, Rosie Holt, Ivo Graham and WitTank. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ Eric Lampaert + Sofie Hagen + Matthew Highton | The Balham Exhibit | 6 Jul
Flipping the ‘Rise Of The Idiots’ script for a ‘Comedians’ Cinema Club’ plot twist; goofy surrealist Eric Lampaert, Danish card Sofie Hagen and self-styled ‘weirdo’ comic Matthew Highton act a live and improvised recreation of Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday June 28th, 2014 09:55

Saturday 5 July 2014 in London

Dance Transmissions

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: ARGComFest | The Garage | 5-6 Jul
The Garage will be spilling over with practically every comedian going over the weekend, presenting competitively-priced Fringe previews by Andrew Maxwell, Josh Widdicombe, Adam Riches, Nish Kumar, Casual Violence and improv pros Cariad (Lloyd) and Paul (Foxcroft) – and that’s only today. On tomorrow; it’s James Acaster, Josie Long, John Kearns, Simon Munnery aaaaaaaand the one and in fact only Bridget Christie. Details and tickets here.

FILM/ART: Dance Transmissions: Selected by Vivian Ziherl + Q&A | ICA | 5 Jul (pictured)
For the penultimate day of the 2014 Artists Film Biennial, curator Vivian Ziherl has chosen this programme of shorts dealing in the ways in which dance-type motifs translate to the moving image. The event’s twin centre-pieces are the London premiere screenings of two new works from Shahryar Nashat, who’ll stick around for a Q&A, and Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Alcopopalooza w/ Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly | Brixton Windmill | 5 Jul
Rock corps Alcopop! Records throws its annual mid-year party, laying on a BBQ and live vibes c/o alt superman Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Johnny Foreigner offshoot Yr Poetry, Brawlers, Emperor Yes, Uncle Luc and a very secret, very special billing (hint: it’s LEN). Details and ticket (tee)s here.

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Friday June 6th, 2014 16:00

Saturday 14 June 2014 in London

CHloe Howl

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: The Saturday Night Show w/ Bridget Christie + Joe Lycett + Phil Wang | The Invisible Dot | 14 Jun
Taking the biggest bite of The Invisible Dot’s Saturday showcase tonight is the peerless Bridget Christie, who’s still on a high following her big-selling, big-winning ‘A Bic For Her’. Bridget’s co-performers, relaxed comic technician Joe Lycett and the biggest Wang in stand-up, Phil (Wang) will still get a look in, mind. Details and tickets here. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: The Big Noise Fest | Bussey Building | 14 Jun
The Big Issue Foundation’s annual Big Noise blowout fills the Bussey Building to its brim with a multi-coloured line-up of live music, spoken word, comedy, theatre and art, all, of course, for charity. With co-headliners Perc, Dillinja, The Correspondents and Channel One Soundsystem (and beatboxing ace Shlomo, turntablist Mr Switch and Slovenian DJ Nightwave) taking care of the sonic side of things, this year’s event features additional attractions in the shape of comic hot rods Richard Herring and Chris Martin, award-winning poet Inua Ellams, and even Booty School Dropout, who’ll teach a seminar in ‘twerking’. Oh lord. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Bushstock Festival | Various Locations, Shepherd’s Bush | 14 Jun (pictured)
The W12 district’s yearly Bushstock festival, which is spread liberally over several sites in Shepherd’s Bush, sets a bit of the city’s West side alight via live showings over 30 bands all told, from the likes of pop siren Chloe Howl, to chiselled singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh, rad folk trio Peggy Sue, splishy-splashy NYC dance clique Rubblebucket and young indie foursome Bad Suns. Details and tickets here.

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Friday June 6th, 2014 12:00

Friday 13 June 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

FESTIVAL: James Lavelle’s Meltdown | Southbank Centre | 13-22 Jun (pictured)
And so kicks off another too-hot edition of film and music combo Meltdown, which this year is curated by Mo Wax label boss and UNKLE man James Lavelle. High points of this year’s event? Try live sets by Queens Of The Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Neneh Cherry, DJ Shadow, Edwyn Collins and Chrissie Hynde; plus Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner’s large-scale classical composition ’41 Strings’, Max Richter and the Royal Philharmonic live-scoring ‘Waltz With Bashir’, and an also live soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s acclaimed alien horror ‘Under The Skin’ by its creator Micachu. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Return Of The Rudeboy | Somerset House | 1 Jun – 25 Aug
A select rack of images, installations and set pieces arranged by photog/filmmaker most-wanted Dean Chalkley and style director Harris Elliot, ‘Return Of The Rudeboy’ shows that the sartorial subculture of the Jamaica-originating ‘Rudie’ or ‘Rudeboy’ is still alive and thriving in the present day. Over 60 sharply-clad individuals have had their pictures taken for the show, each choosing an apt playlist to sit alongside their photo. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Adler & Gibb | Royal Court Theatre | 13 Jun – 5 Jul
Based on the lives of Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb, two conceptual artists working in NYC in the 1990s, this new play marries its writer/director, creator of 2009′s divisive and provocative ‘The Author’ Tim Crouch’s ‘fascination with form’ with a ‘thrilling story of misappropriation’. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday June 5th, 2014 16:00

Thursday 12 June 2014 in London

In Cahoots

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: In Cahoots’ Hootenanny | The Miller | 12 Jun
5*-rated sketch schemers In Cahoots, aka Paul G Raymond and Luke Manning, conspire to host this pay-nothing night of japes c/o spivvy twosome Bob & Jim, skit-making quartet Dead Pony Society, surreal three-piece So On & So Forth. Details here.

VISUAL ART: Bob Mazzer - Underground | Howard Griffin Gallery | 12 Jun – 13 Jul
In the 1980s, whilst working as a cinema projectionist, Bob Mazzer took to photographing ‘human tableaux’ (aka passengers) on the train during his daily tube commute. “Coming home late at night”, explains Mazzer on the eve of his first exhibition, “it was like a party and I felt like the tube was mine and I was there to take the pictures”. Details here.

THEATRE: Red Forest | Young Vic | 12 Jun – 5 Jul
The highly-regarded Belarus Free Theatre write real-life stories and video clips from all over the world into this sprawling modern folk tale of human hardship, the live-scored story of a woman seeking shelter for her newborn little girl. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday June 4th, 2014 13:47

Tuesday 10 June 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: British Folk Art | Tate Britain | 10 Jun – 31 Aug
The Tate celebrates Great (and small) British art of the folkloric kind, flipping back through the annals of history to give the nation back its first major showcase of in-land folk art. Amongst over 100 pots, paintings and paraphernalia on show till late-August are sculptures made out of mutton bones, a thatched and larger-than-life statue of King Alfred, a collection of votive ‘god in a bottle’ objects. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tom Rosenthal – БЛАГОДАРЯ | Soho Theatre | 10-14 Jun
Tom Rosenthal, aka the gawky one off of ‘Plebs’ and ‘Friday Night Dinner’ (which incidentally is back on TV in a few weeks), chooses a trip he once took to Bulgaria as the topic of tonight’s show. “Let him tell you about it whilst you drink”, states the reassuringly vague ‘БЛАГОДАРЯ’ billing. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Akram Khan Company – ITMOI | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 10-14 Jun (pictured)
No, don’t worry, ‘ITMOI’ isn’t like ‘YOLO’ or anything, it’s only an acronym for ‘In The Mind Of Igor’, master choreographer Akram Khan’s ‘Rite Of Spring’-inspired show. Featuring a specially-commissioned new score by Jocelyn Pool, Nitin Sawhney and Ben Frost, it’s based on the way in which Stravinsky dynamised and changed the classical norm, taking that blueprint and twisting it into wild new shapes. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 13:27

Monday 9 June 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: Summer Exhibition 2014 | Royal Academy Of Arts | 9 Jun – 17 Aug
So this is it, the big one. The RAA’s massive mid-year showcase of art (and in fact the world’s largest and most accessible to anyone at all) in which creatives from all stratas of the art world are can apply display work, which is then chosen for the final exhibition by leaders in the field. Whilst this year’s centrepiece is a black-and-white space curated by Cornelia Parker, that’s the mere tip of the aesthetic iceberg. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Alex Horne – Monsieur Butterfly | BAC | 9-10 Jun
Alex Horne, a man doomed for stardom, shows up to shop his new Edinburgh Fringe show-to-be, modelling himself on Puccini’s ill-destined heroine. ‘Stupidly ambitious, logistically problematic, and potentially disastrous’ (boasts its poster), ‘Monsieur Butterfly’ finds Horne flapping his wings, and causing all kinds of chaos. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fourth Monkey’s Greek Season | Trinity Buoy Wharf | 9-21 Jun (pictured)
Following in the bow waves of Fourth Monkey’s Kafka-inspired ‘Project Colony’ (which we interviewed them on last year), the theatre co’s latest exploit consists of a pair of ancient plays by Greek master Euripides. Playing in rep on alternate nights, the graphic ‘Lysistrata’ finds its female characters trying to end a war by denying their men sex, and Athenian tragedy ‘Rhesus’, which follows the night Odysseus and Diomedes‘ steal into the Trojan camp. Details and tickets here.

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Monday May 26th, 2014 13:37

Sunday 1 June 2014 in London

Mark Cooper-Jones

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: Mark Cooper-Jones – Geography Teacher | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 1 Jun – 7 Jul
Swimming solo for the duration of tonight’s show, smart and silly WitTank tadpole Mark Cooper-Jones, a real-life part-time ‘Geography Teacher’, workshops a (presumably) updated take on his back-to-school Edinburgh Fringe hit of 2012. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Japanese Clarinet | The Space | 1 Jun
Like Japan? And the music that’s native to it? Love woodwind too? If so, this recital (which features the East London Clarinet Choir playing a programme of scores by Chang-Su Koh, Satoshi Yagisawa, Akira Toda, Masamicz Amano, Chieko Arai, and in contrast, some Japan-inspired homages by Brit composers like Jeffery Wilson), is just the £10 ticket to fit your requirements. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/ART: LCMF – Italian Colourism | Peckham Multi Storey Car Park | 1 Jun
Now in its third year and still flourishing, the multi-disciplinary London Contemporary Music Festival, or LCMF for short, closes with one last show shining a light on Italian masters Domenico Scarlatti, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, showcasing late composer Scarlatti’s famed keyboard sonatas, the premiere of Sciarrino’s seventh and ninth string quartets, and ‘Ten Less One’, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s mirror-themed live performance piece, which finds him taking a hammer to some glass. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday May 22nd, 2014 15:54

Wednesday 28 May 2014 in London

MF Husain's 'Three Dynasties'

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: MF Husain – Master Of Modern Indian Painting | V&A | 28 May – 27 Jul (pictured) The V&A presents the very first display of ‘Indian Civilisation’, the final series of paintings by celebrated artist MF Husain, the ‘Picasso of India’, who worked on them till the days leading to his death in 2011. Each measuring twelve-by-six-feet, eight of the pieces are triptychs depicting Husain’s vision of his nation’s rich and vivid history, whilst the ninth is a single image of Hindu elephant god, Ganesha. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Deborah Frances White – Half A Can Of Worms | RADA Studio Theatre | 28 May Mining her real life events, candid comedienne Deborah Frances White’s poignantly autobiographical show finds her dealing with the search for her birth parents, she having been adopted as a baby. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Clarence Darrow | Old Vic | 28 May – 15 Jun Departing Old Vic AD Kevin Spacey is in-house (with his acting hat on, that is) for the first time since 2011, bowing out graciously from his job atop the theatre’s backstage board with a one-man turn as sharp-tongued 19th century civil rights lawyer Clarence Darrow. Having already played Clarence in 2009 play ‘Inherit The Wind’, and also in a TV movie, Space gets to grips with him again in David W Rintel’s script, which finds him looking back on his most famous cases. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday May 14th, 2014 16:21

Tuesday 20 May 2014 in London

Meow Meow

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: Kenneth Clark – Looking For Civilisation | Tate Britain | 20 May – 10 Aug
The Tate spotlights the life’s work of late art historian and broadcaster Kenneth Clark, showing off his private trove of paintings, and looking at the vital part he played in fostering great works from the Bloomsbury Group and leading artists like Henry MooreVictor PasmoreJohn Piper and Graham Sutherland. Details and tickets here.

CABARET/COMEDY: Meow Meow – Feline Intimate | London Wonderground | 20 May – 8 Jun (pictured)
Always a hot ticket, kamikaze showkitty Meow Meow is back on the scene, still blazing trails and singing, satirising, and wearing sequins like a dream. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Rambert Dance Company – ABC | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 20-24 May
Athletic dance crew Rambert represent the dance alphabet via: ‘Rooster’, Christopher Bruce’s epic 1960s setpiece, which is set to a score by the Rolling Stones; Lucinda Childs’ ultra-minimalist ‘Four Elements’; late ballet master Merce Cunningham’s iconic ‘Sounddance’; and Richard Alston’s short sharp solo work ‘Dutiful Ducks’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday May 13th, 2014 14:06

Monday 19 May 2014 in London

Tyondai Braxton

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: Crying Duck Comedy w/Liam Williams + Luke Capasso | Canal 125 | 19 May
Grinch-in-training Liam Williams headlines this faux-lachrymose Monday night showcase, leading a bill balancing acts like macho comic Luke Capasso, smart surrealist bod(d) Richard Todd and Scots humourist Iain Sterling. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tyondai Braxton – HIVE | Oval Space | 19 May (pictured)
The one-time captain of weirdo pop-rock mathematicians Battles, Tyondai Braxton, transfers his rave-reviewed solo show – a ‘visual narrative’ pulling in light, rhythm and electronic/acoustic noise – to Oval Space. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Symphony Of A Missing Room | Royal Academy Of Arts | 19 May – 8 Jun
‘Imagination takes over – and the intangible becomes real’, as daring youngblood company Lundahl & Seitl play around with illusory audiovisuals and bold sensory tricks. This show, which is a guided circuit of the RAA’s private spaces, plays at the top of this year’s LIFT festival of experimental theatre. Details and tickets here.

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